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Utqiaġvik January 2011


For the 6th consecutive month, Barrow has reported an average temperature above the long-term mean. The average in January was -9.7°F, this is a full 4.0°F above average. The warmest temperature for the month was 33°F on the 9th, a record high temperature, smashing the old record of 25°F set in 1930. Barrow also set a second high temperature record the following day, the 10th, of 28°F, breaking the old record of 26°F set in 1993. The lowest temperature for the month was -45°F recorded on the 24th. Precipitation in Barrow was measured at 0.22", 83% above normal for January and snowfall was 6.2", far surpassing the normal snowfall amount of 2.0". The average wind speed was 11.7 mph, and the highest gust, reported on the 2nd, was 51 mph.